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ERIC Number: ED105339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-27
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Sex and Topic upon Judgements of Competence.
Weissbach, Theodore A.; And Others
The focus of this study was on the conditions which might affect ratings of task competence: (1) the sex of the person performing the task; (2) the sex-typed appropriateness of the task; and (3) subject attitudes towards traditional sex-roles. The subjects were 64 volunteer students (32 women and 32 men) who listened, in groups of eight, to one of eight taped debates. Of two debate topics, one was considered to be typically masculine. The second topic was assumed to be typically feminine. After listening to the debate, each subject rated each debater for quality on a seven-point scale. Two separate analyses of the debate ratings were performed for the same sex and mixed sex debates. The data were consistent with the predication that ratings of competence would be dependent upon both the sex of the stimulus person and the topic. The question appears to be not whether or not women's competence is undervalued, but under what conditions and by whom it is rated. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 25-28, 1974)